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2017 5th round pick (158): Lamar Sparks - CF - Seven Lakes HS (TX)


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Lamar Sparks - CF - 6"2", 170 - Bats/Throws: R/R - DOB: 09/26/98

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http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/9612588/v1221323383/pdp-lamar-sparks-from-katy-tx

From Perfect Game: "Lamar Sparks is a 2017 OF/RHP with a 6-2 165 lb. frame from Katy, TX who attends Seven Lakes HS. Slender square shouldered build, very projectable physically. 6.65 runner, athletic actions in the outfield with good range and footwork to the ball, long and loose arm action, raw arm strength still developing, tends to throw uphill. Right handed hitter, very spread stance with a busy hand load, some back side collapse on his swing, short hand path to the ball and gets some barrel whip at contact. Key in his development in all respects will be getting stronger."

Tony's Quick Take: The Orioles went with a wiry speedster who is pretty raw but with some nice upside, especially if he gets stronger. I like the fact that he has good bat speed (91.9 MPH good enough to be in the top 94.07% of his draft class by Perfect Game) and at just 165 pounds on a 6-2 frame, he's got a ton of room to fill out. 

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NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS

BA 500 Scouting Reports

1. Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS, Tomball, Texas (11)
2. Seth Romero, LHP, Houston (27)
3. Tristen Lutz, OF, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas (35)
4. Corbin Martin, RHP, Texas A&M (55)
5. Alex Scherff, RHP, Colleyville (Texas) Heritage HS (59)
6. Bryce Bonnin, RHP, Barbers Hill HS, Mont Belvieu, Texas (73)
7. Connor Wong, C, Houston (77)
8. Evan Skoug, C, Texas Christian (78)
9. Morgan Cooper, RHP, Texas (80)
10. Mason House, OF, Whitehouse (Texas) HS (84)
11. Cole Turney, OF, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas (128)
12. Adam Oviedo, SS, Alvarado (Texas) HS (133)
13. Asa Lacy, LHP, Tivy HS, Kerrville, Texas (176)
14. Glenn Otto, RHP, Rice (181)
15. Bryce Johnson, OF, Sam Houston State (197)
16. Kamron Fields, OF, Lakeview Centennial HS, Garland, Texas (222)
17. Jack Conlon, RHP, Sugar Land (Texas) HS (239)
18. Tylor Fischer, RHP, Langham Creek HS, Houston (246)
19. Kyle Johnston, RHP, Texas (250)
20. Joe Gobillot, LHP, St. John’s School, Houston (275)
21. Nick Kennedy, LHP, Texas (276)
22. Jake Lyons, RHP, Weatherford (Texas) JC (283)
23. Dane Myers, RHP/3B, Rice (284)
24. Zach DeLoach, OF, Hebron High, Carrollton, Texas (293)
25. Orlando Garcia, SS, Texas Tech (298)
26. Josh Breaux, C, McLennan (Texas) JC (301)
27. Tyler Ivey, RHP, Grayson (Texas) JC (302)
28. Seth Elledge, RHP, Dallas Baptist (303)
29. Brian Howard, RHP, Texas Christian (345)
30. Brigham Hill, RHP, Texas A&M (346)
31. Cason Sherrod, RHP, Texas A&M (347)
32. Isaiah Henry, RHP, North Shore HS, Houston (352)
33. Austin Wade, OF, Texas Christian (355)
34. Brandon Venter, 3B, McLennan (Texas) JC (357)
35. Canaan Smith, C, Rockwall-Heath HS, Rockwall, Texas (366)
36. Marshall Kasowski, RHP, West Texas A&M (371)
37. Stephen Keller, RHP, Hargrave HS, Huffman, Texas (434)
38. Parker Mushinski, LHP, Texas Tech (453)
39. Russell Smith, LHP, Midlothian (Texas) HS (455)
40. D’Mond LaFond, RHP, Refugio (Texas) HS (468)
41. Nick Choruby, OF, Texas A&M (477)
42. Dalton Higgins, RHP, Dallas Baptist (479)
43. Travis Jones, OF/1B, Texas (491)
44. Mitchell Traver, RHP, Texas Christian (492)
45. Corey Julks, OF, Houston (500)

OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE

2017 Draft Map

46. Jared Janczak, RHP, Texas Christian
47. Austin Listi, 1B/OF, Dallas Baptist
48. Matt Duce, C, Dallas Baptist
49. Blake Pflughaupt, LHP, Galveston (Texas) JC
50. Kaylor Chafin, LHP, Texas A&M
51. Lamar Sparks, OF/RHP, Seven Lakes HS, Katy HS

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Latest Showcase Report
 
2016 National Showcase   Jun 15, 2016
 
PG Grade: 9
 
Lamar Sparks is a 2017 OF/RHP with a 6-2 165 lb. frame from Katy, TX who attends Seven Lakes HS. Slender square shouldered build, very projectable physically. 6.65 runner, athletic actions in the outfield with good range and footwork to the ball, long and loose arm action, raw arm strength still developing, tends to throw uphill. Right handed hitter, very spread stance with a busy hand load, some back side collapse on his swing, short hand path to the ball and gets some barrel whip at contact. Key in his development in all respects will be getting stronger.
Jun 15, 162016 National Showcase012345678910PG Grade
 

Best PG has recorded

Percentile Rank among grad class in the recorded year

 
 
 
 
FB 79 mph
7/4/2013
86.84% Rank
best 86  avg 73
 (2017 class in 2013)
 
best 97  avg 79
 (2017 class)
60 6.65 sec
6/15/2016
93.43% Rank
best 6.15  avg 7.21
 (2017 class in 2016)
 
best 6.15  avg 7.33
 (2017 class)
10 SPL 1.58 sec
6/15/2016
85.86% Rank
best 1.37  avg 1.70
 (2017 class in 2016)
 
best 1.37  avg 1.73
 (2017 class)
OF 86 mph
6/15/2016
72.42% Rank
best 98  avg 82
 (2017 class in 2016)
 
best 98  avg 81
 (2017 class)
Zepp Hitting Metrics
 
 
 
 
Bat Speed at Impact 91.867mph
6/15/2016
94.07% Rank
best 108.429  avg 79.063
 (2017 class in 2016)
 
best 108.429  avg 78.505
 (2017 class)
Hand Speed Max  34.039mph
6/15/2016
89.54% Rank
best 42.687  avg 29.370
 (2017 class in 2016)
 
best 43.000  avg 30.130
 (2017 class)
Time to Impact  0.110 sec
6/15/2016
61.85% Rank
best 0.100  avg 0.121
 (2017 class in 2016)
 
best 0.094  avg 0.128
 (2017 class)
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Exit Velo 91 mph
6/19/2016
90.40% Rank
best 104  avg 82
 (2017 class in 2016)
 
best 104.00  avg 81.00
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21 hours ago, murph said:

Looks like Sparks signed:

 

5th-rder Lamar Sparks signs w/@Orioles for $304,800 (full 158 slot). Texas HS OF, raw athlete w/speed & tools. @MLBDraft

Glad he signed, but a little disappointed we didn't sign him for underslot.  It seems by all accounts he was drafted much higher than expected.  Then again, if we was a package deal with his buddy Conlon, then the full slot may have been part of that deal...

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Fourth round (128th pick): Jack Conlon, RHP, Clements H.S. (Texas)

If you believe what’s posted on his Twitter page, it looks like the 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander is signing with the Orioles instead of honoring his commitment to Texas A&M. Conlon, 18, “has the arm speed and the frame to eventually sit in the mid-90s and touch higher,” according to Baseball America. He joined former Orioles right-hander Matt Albers as players to be drafted out of Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas. The Houston Astros picked Albers in the 23rd round of the 2001 draft. He pitched for the Orioles from 2008-2010. Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is also a graduate of the high school.

Fifth round (158th pick): Lamar Sparks, OF, Seven Lakes H.S. (Texas)

The Orioles agreed to a deal last week with the 6-foot-2, 170-pound outfielder that’s worth the full slot allotment of $304,800, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis. Baseball America didn’t have much of a scouting report on Sparks, 18, but said that he is “an athletic outfielder with plus speed, Sparks needs to add strength and simplify his swing as he matures.” He’s also good friends with Conlon, whom the Orioles took one round before him. Get to know more about Sparks by watching this brief interview from January.

http://www.baltimorebaseball.com/2017/06/19/stats-links-fun-facts-tidbits-learn-something-41-orioles-draft-picks/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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